Come From Away attracts above $85K for N.L food banks

The entire Community Food Sharing Association was left speechless by the generous act of the cast of the Musical Come From Away.

The musical tells the story of Gander’s role in providing a haven for over 6,500 stranded passengers in Newfoundland following the events of 9/11. The cast of the musical, which just made its debut in the U.K, gave more than $85,000 to assist food banks across N.L

The award-winning Broadway hit selected the Community Food Sharing Association as the sole recipient of the funds raised during the fundraising performances held in St. John.

The cheque was presented by Steffi DiDomenicantonio, one of the cast members of the musical.

“While we were raising funds for the Community Food Sharing Association in Toronto last week, I said jokingly that we are accepting donations of any magnitude and size including loonies, toonies, and even blank cheques,” she said.

As a joke, she told the audience that, the loonie was a term that stood for a hundred dollar bill.

“Later that night, I got a text from my stage manager, who said there were a couple of few American hundred-dollar bills in the donation buckets,” she said.

“The news prompted a huge laugh from me, and it made me think either the people were really moved by the show, or I must be a phenomenal actor,”

The beginning of this month was not so good for the Community Food Sharing Association, who had to throw all their food stored in their warehouse away after a fire incident.

“The money will prove to be a lifesaver,” said Eg Walters, general manager of the association.

“We were short on a variety of things, but now we can restock, and be of good help to food banks in the entire province,” he said.

On the other side of things, the Come From Away Producers had a chance to fly some of the musical cast to see the actors portraying them in the London production.

“We never dreamt that this would blow up the way it had when we started,” said, Gander SPCA director, Bonnie Harris

Jenna Boyd, one of the actors on set, who plays the role of a school teacher, said the realness and accuracy bring up the right emotions in the audience even if they weren’t physically present at Newfoundland in the wake of the 9/11 event.

“The audience in London want to project themselves there because they know they would have done the same thing if the shoe was on the other foot,” she said.

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